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Lesson from the most recent campaign? U.S. suffrage should start at 16

In Law,Politics on October 7, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , , ,

A while ago I promised to restrict my comments about the U.S. presidential elections to important topics because my frequent comments on one of the VP’s were reportedly getting bitter…

Photo (c) Getty Images, via Google

Photo (c) Getty Images, via Google

If there is anything that many countries of the world can be mad about is that they can not elect their own president. The Americans CAN do it. The rest of the world can laugh at Dubya and say he is the least bright president ever [www.dubyaspeak.com], but any American can say, [warning, just an example!] Hey, he may be a dumb president, but he is OUR president.

In recent years presidents have been affecting lives of people in different ways than they did in 1990’s. Decisions are made about things that will affect people in the upcoming years but the people concerned can do nothing about it! In other words, everything is way faster… They can not call their Senator, they can not file a normal lawsuit without legal guardian representation [with some exceptions] and they can not even get drunk because of the political decision, for crying out loud. There is a Czech saying “O nas, bez nas”, which means “About us, without us”.

This is why I think that Americans aged 16-18 should have the general right to vote. And if not the regular one, than there should be some kind of recalculation system. Example: three votes from “teenage” voter would be as good as one from an adult voter.

A sixteen year-old can be sentenced to life in prison in some states. The same person can’t even buy a beer.

You can’t have sixteen year-olds start buying alcohol, but it can work the other way around. Instead of giving them the good stuff earlier, let them have the responsible stuff earlier.

Makes perfect sense to me and I think there would be way more 30 year-olds in the House.

You can do it, America. ūüôā

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There Goes Unbiased Reporting

In Politics on February 11, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

Last weekend’s presidential elections (see two posts below) was unique in one way that I have not mentioned yet. All news stations and dailies could not help to slightly comment or insert slightly biased adjectives: words like ridiculous, awkward, inappropriate… were the most frequent ones, tabloid dailies did not hesitate to be even tougher.

I think that the media should be forgiven for violating the number-one rule of news reporting. Simply because all 281 legislators violated the number one rule that make humans human, and all rules that make lawmakers the representatives of normal people in the Parliament.

Opposition Social Democrats accused the senior governing Civic Democrats of pressuring one of the MP’s who later collapsed. So what? This whole election was affected by lobbying the whole time.

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Presidential Elections 2008: Continuous Highlights

In Politics on February 8, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

Saturday
February 9

The third round of the first vote took place today. President Vaclav Klaus got 139 votes, he needed 140 to win the elections. Three legislators were absent today, all of them due to medical conditions. One MP for Social Democrats is said to have collapsed after some tough negotiations with the governing Civic Democrats (ODS). The ODS party denied any involvement and said that this accusation is a dirty lie.

The result of the above is that the new president has not been elected. The second vote will have to take place in which some parties might nominate new candidate(s).

Thousands of people have joined internet discussions (especially¬†on news servers) and criticized politicians for staging this absurd comedy…¬†

The second vote is to take place on February 15.


Friday
February 8

The open vote took place. The first round of the first vote had no winner because in order to win the candidate needs to receive more than 50 percent. The second round of the first vote took place immediately afterwards. BUTРas it was almost nine p.m. and since it had been agreed to end the session at nine, the session did indeed end. There were some attempts to prolong the session but most legislators behaved like idiots. They argued about procedural changes, they insisted on voting whether they should vote on the prolongation of the session, the parties accused one another of causing the deadlock (see post below).

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